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Obama and rain in L.A. make for potential traffic nightmare

October 25, 2011 |  8:25 am

The Presidential entourage outside the Hancock Park home where Obama was holding a fundraiser
Los Angeles drivers, brace yourselves.

In addition to the slight drizzle Tuesday morning -- which we know sends L.A. motorists into a near-panic -- President Obama may also be hitting the road during the rush hour.

That's a potential double whammy for commuters, who have been known to throw fits during Obama's recent visits and the ensuing traffic snarls.

Several people took to Twitter to bemoan the unlucky combination.

"Obama arrives  during rush hour -- and it looks like it's gonna rain. just stay home," NegativeNatalie tweeted in anticipation of Obama's visit Monday.

"Rain AND Obama traffic. #yayLA," tweeted thatgirljj Tuesday morning.

Obama will spend a packed morning in Los Angeles, leaving the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel, and heading east to Burbank for a taping of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to cap off his brief stop in the Southland as he continues his Western fund-raising swing.

After the taping, the president is scheduled to leave LAX at 11:45 a.m. for San Francisco, and will later fly to Denver for fundraisers in both cities, according to wire reports.  

Details of Obama’s Los Angeles route were not made available, but traffic closures related to the president’s visit made Monday’s east-west commute a grind, and similar closures could cause slowing Tuesday morning.

After an unscheduled stop at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, the president spent Monday night attending two fund-raising gatherings filled with patrons who paid top dollar for his acquaintance.  

The first gathering included only a few dozen supporters in Hancock Park who paid $35,800 each for intimate time with Obama. The second, larger event, was held at the home of actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, with tickets starting at $5,000.

Stars including actor Will Smith and former Laker Magic Johnson attended the events, which are expected to help the president continue his aggressive fund-raising effort and stay monetarily in front of the GOP candidates.

"This election will not be as sexy as the first one," the president said Monday in Hancock Park. "Back then it was still fresh and new. I didn't have any gray hair.”


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Photo: Security outside the Hancock Park home where Obama was holding a fundraiser Monday evening.  Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times